Penn Medicine is seeking a progressive and dynamic leader for the role of System Chief Nursing Executive for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. This position reports to Kevin Mahoney, DBA, Chief Executive Officer of UPHS and works in collaboration with UPHS Executive Leadership and the Dean of the School of Nursing to create and drive a progressive and integrated care delivery strategy throughout the UPHS continuum of care. The role is recognized within Penn Medicine for having expertise in the professional practice of nursing, clinical operations, the patient experience, performance improvement and workforce planning. In addition, the role is expected to provide business and financial expertise. The position replaces Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN who was named Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2017. Chief Nurses across the enterprise have a dual reporting relationship to their hospital Chief Executive Officers and this position.
Personal and Professional Attributes
Incumbents will be required to have a Doctoral degree. Preference will be given to those with a PhD;
Ten years of progressive leadership and experience as a proven Chief Nursing Officer within a complex hospital/health system, preferably an academic medical center environment;
Intimate knowledge of how the various components and interests of the health care industry work together;
Deep knowledge of current healthcare industry issues including payment reform, access to care, health system transformation, enhanced quality and patient safety, regulatory relief, strengthening the workforce, and care of vulnerable populations;
Possesses self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills to direct large scale and complex initiatives;
Understands how to build, manage and keep trust in situations where decision and action must be taken, by various stakeholders, without complete information or where there is great uncertainty;
Able to take on large and complex problems and filter them through a wide range of possible solutions with a curiosity to imagine what has yet to be discovered;
Able to generate common, multi-dimensional threads of interests and involvement among entities that look at a challenge from different and yet complementary vantage points;
Has the ability to work through a diverse constituency base to “tune into” what is going on beyond what is being observed in social and political contexts;
Looks for ways in which differences can complement one another in order to integrate divergent perspectives into a cohesive and new solution;
Has the self-confidence to seek team members who are strong, smart, capable and share a unity of purpose and reliability of achievement;
Brings to the organization subject matter expertise, an interest in and sense of the problems facing their organizations and a closer proximity to solutions;
Exhibits strength of character and is viewed as a highly visible and effective leader within the organization they serve as well as across the country;
A courageous and innovative individual with a “can do attitude” that can inspire an organization to do its best even in difficult circumstances.
About University of Pennsylvania Health System
The University of Pennsylvania is the nation’s oldest university and is among the most highly regarded in the world. Its four undergraduate schools and 12 graduate and professional schools provide extraordinary educational opportunities to its 25,000 students and a unique professional environment for its 4,600 faculty. The University is also home to Penn Medicine, comprised of the Perelman School of Medicine and its clinical enterprise, the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). Perhaps to a degree not found elsewhere, Penn Medicine is a fully integrated component of the University. Its leadership are fully citizens of the University, sharing its mission, goals, and responsibilities. The faculty and staff routinely collaborate with and meaningfully contribute across Penn’s schools and centers and its culture embraces the University’s values of inclusion, innovation, and impact. The Penn community takes immense pride in having a health system routinely ranked in the top 10 in the nation including recognition as one of the best employers in the nation. While the University’s Board of Trustees has delegated to the Penn Medicine Board certain r...esponsibilities for the management and operations of the constituents of Penn Medicine, formal institutional governance and fiduciary responsibility for all of Penn Medicine, including UPHS, rests with the University’s Board of Trustees.
UPHS is a $8 billion health provider system, and its 41,000 staff care for more than 5 million patients annually. UPHS provides comprehensive patient services across its 6 acute care hospitals, regionally distributed multi-specialty care facilities, home care, rehabilitation, women and babies’ hospital, hospice, nursing home care and urgent care. UPHS is a fully integrated health system with a single electronic medical record (Epic) across all its sites and over 5,000 physicians and a diverse and skilled team of nurses, mid-level practitioners, and other healthcare professionals to deliver coordinated care to patients across all care settings. The Health System is at the forefront in innovation, both in developing and translating new discoveries to improve patient care and in training the next generation of clinical-scientists and leaders. All hospitals have earned Magnet status for its nursing professionals and are among the best ranked in quality and safety in the nation. U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania — Penn Presbyterian among the top hospitals in the nation for 12 straight years placing them on the 2018-2019 Honor Roll of Best Hospitals.